KWPCCKentucky Wood Products Competitiveness Corporation
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Mark Kaser, Executive Director of KWPCC, says the group's commitment to educational reform is underscored by the work already done and the funds earmarked to do more.
Patton calls KWPCC educational programs a model for the nation
Governor Patton says part of Kentucky's aggressive move to bolster its secondary wood products industry includes the creation by the state legislature of the not-for-profit KWPCC.
The cooperative efforts of KWPCC and Kentucky TECH officials, under the guidance of the Cabinet for Workforce Development, has resulted in sweeping changes in the courses offered at the high school and post-secondary technical schools.
Rowlette and others at KWPCC worked with Kentucky TECH to write the new curriculum, which was then approved by the State of Kentucky.
Jack Thomas, Director of the Kentucky Advanced Technology Institute, says that his group and KWPCC worked with local wood manufacturers to develop the curriculum.
asks KWPCC, explaining that it was created in 1994 by the state legislature to promote, enhance, and develop the state's secondary wood products industry that now consists of 450 companies with 12,000 employees ranging in size from one man shops doing custom work in niche markets to large companies employing hundreds of people.
Many of these initiatives will pay off in the years to come as KWPCC becomes known as the gateway to Kentucky's secondary wood industry.
By the summer of 1995, KWPCC launched a series of industry forums to bring manufacturers in to discuss the corporation's initiative.
Within four months, KWPCC had charted a path to grow its organization to meet the goals set forth by the board.
The Kentucky Technology Service, part of the NIST program of nationwide engineers that assist medium to small businesses, was instrumental in joining with KWPCC to recruit Jerry Duncan of Purdue University's technical assistance program.
Networking also has been identified as an area that KWPCC and the state leaders wish to expand.